DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
God has a purpose for each of us. That purpose is for us to do the will of God so that lives can be changed and souls saved for the Kingdom of God. God had called Jonah to go and preach against Nineveh because of its wickedness. Jonah disobeyed at first and tried to escape from God by going aboard a ship headed for Tarshish. God sent a great wind on the sea and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. Jonah was eventually thrown into the sea because he knew he was responsible for the storm. The Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah and he was inside the fish’s belly for three days and three nights. After he prayed to God, the Lord commanded the fish and it vomited Jonah unto dry land.
In trying to escape from our call, we think we can run or hide from God. But that is to no avail. The Lord knows our going out and coming in. He knows our thoughts from afar off. And He will bring us back into submission. The Psalmist David said, where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. Our God is all knowing and He is omnipresent. So let us not try to fool God.
In the Book of Jonah Chapter 3, verses 1-10, the Word of God tells us:
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you.” 3 Jonah obeyed the word of the Lord and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began by going a day’s journey into the city, proclaiming, “Forty more days and Nineveh will be overthrown.” 5 The Ninevites believed God. A fast was proclaimed, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth.
6 When Jonah’s warning reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, took off his royal robes, covered himself with sackcloth and sat down in the dust. 7 This is the proclamation he issued in Nineveh: “By the decree of the king and his nobles:
“Do not let people or animals, herds or flocks, taste anything; do not let them eat or drink. 8 But let people and animals be covered with sackcloth. Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. 9 Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.”
The people of Nineveh had plotted evil and devised wicked plans against God. The Lord had commanded that Nineveh will have no descendants to bear its name and that He will destroy the images and idols that were in the temple of their gods. The Book of Nahum 2: 13 gives the declaration of the Lord against Nineveh: “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”
We serve a gracious and compassionate God who is slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. The people of Nineveh called urgently on God, they fasted and gave up their evil ways and God spared them. Jonah was the chosen one to preach against the evils in that city to bring about change. God needs yielding vessels to accomplish His work on earth. Jesus’ disciples went from town to town, city to city with power and authority to proclaim the Gospel, to cast out demons and to heal all manner of sickness and diseases and they fulfilled their mission.
The Word of God is sent to a lost generation, so they can hear the Word, believe, repent and be saved. Apostle Paul says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. Jeremiah was appointed prophet over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. We are to speak the Word of God boldly and faithfully, for the Word is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Are we willing to fulfill our mission for God? The Lord says they that honor Him, He will honor. He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.
I encourage us to be faithful to God. As God spoke to Abraham in Genesis 22:17-18, He is saying the same to us, “ I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.” Amen.